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Sonia Iwanek
Professor in the Political Science department
at Collin College, McKinney, TX
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81 Student Ratings
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01/03/2015
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT 2305 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+
"Clear grading criteria" "Participation matters" "Inspirational"

Amazing professor, with the ability to communicate complex topics. I appreciated her passion for the topics that were taught, as well as her lectures. I would take her class again in a heart beat! If you put in the time, getting an A is no problem. Attendance is important, even though it isn't "required." Participate in class, and you'll be fine.

12/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
2306 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Participation matters" "There for you" "Respected by students"

Really enjoyed this course! Loved the class discussions and she kept things light and funny even with some heavy topics like gun control, abortion laws, education, etc. Very clear assignments and deadlines, easy to get an A if you do the work and follow the instructions. Final exam was a group effort, notes were allowed and student worked together.

12/10/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT-2306 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-
"Respected by students" "Participation matters"

She is definitely liberal, but she is light hearted and teaches with passion. She has quite a few assignments, but our final group test. She is a great teacher and kept things funny but treats everyone with respect.

12/05/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT 2306 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B
"Respected by students" "Hilarious" "Inspirational"

I HATE government, but Professor Iwanek made it interesting for me. She's intimidating at first, but you'll get use to that and her high sarcasm. If you're a conservative, DO NOT TAKE. She speaks her mind on the matters of Texas and I found it hilarious. Not too many assignments. Grades put on blackboard. Participation not required for passing.

12/01/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT 2306 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-
"Amazing lectures" "Would take again" "Participation matters"

Fantastic teacher, would definitely recommend her, would love to take additional courses. Lots of class discussion, never boring, ties lectures to real world events. Some assignments which do require a little timethought but are interesting and informative. Attend the class, do the assignments and get yourself a relatively easy A. Also a hottie!

11/24/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT-2306 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B+
"Tough Grader" "Tests? Not many" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Take her class if you don't mind her fake and condescending personality

11/20/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
2305 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A
"Tests? Not many" "Participation matters"

Small assignments throughout the semester. Cumulative final at the end, but able to work as a class to complete. Either a paper or test midterm. Super cool and super easy A

12/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Govt 2301 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Iwanek is one of the best teachers I've ever had. Knowledgeable about the subject and ties course material to real world situations. Be prepared for in-class discussions everyday. Great professor if you talk what she says with a grain of salt. Very liberally biased.

12/05/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
GOVT-2304-P01 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Best professor i have ever had, she took a student who had no interest in this subject what so ever to someone who can actually maintain a political conversation in a educated way. If you want a teacher who really cares about her students and the topic that she teaches she is the one to take.

06/07/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT 2302 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great professor if you do not just want to be lectured to. Provides good, thought provoking class times. Lots of writing, however. Greatly enjoyed her class.

05/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
2301 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Professor Iwanek is now my favorite professor, and reminds me of what college is supposed to be like-challenging. If you are looking for a blow off government class, do not take her, because she teaches for her students to actually learn and take away something from the class. Be prepared to critically think on a daily basis if you want an A.

03/26/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GOVT 2303 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She was a terrible professor, I withdrew from the class and thats been my only withdraw in all of my college career because she simply does not teach. unless you want to basically explain HER assignments to yourself through blackboard I recommend you take a professor who teaches.Be prepared for 10+ page papers which she wont really explain to you.

03/06/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
GOVT 2304 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Prof Iwanek is amazing & definitely has a passion for Model UN, HOWEVER, if you don't plan on doing Model UN, don't make it on the team, or are already involved in other extracurricular, I would not advise taking this class. Quizzes over the textbook but no lecture on it,extremely long assignments with little explanation &little real PoliSci study.

12/18/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
govt2301 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class is not easy, involve lots of writing.She is not hard grader.but, for govt 2301, I was not expecting that much work.the lectures were entertaining.

12/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT2304 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Teaching style involves questioning rather than preaching (thank God). Encourages independent research. Not an overly hard/easy grader, but pushes for creative(like, different) answers. Likes to give students compliments (too many). Has a small cult of acolytes who feels she changed their lives. Likes to play devil's advocate in discussions.

12/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
GOVT2304 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Took the Political Science class. The course came with a FREE TRIP to D.C....A FREE F-ING TRIP!!! Anywho. Course work instructions/due dates are clearly listed online. Not an especially hard grader and appreciates quirky answers. Oh, on that free trip, the class offers a program that's essentially a competition. Good/easy resume material.

07/10/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT2302 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I have no interest in Government whatsoever. Prf Iwanek got me thinking about how to be an active citizen and got me caring about things I wouldn't have before I took her class. The tests are super hard, but I would say the main grade is participation. Very hands on, and entertaining class. Plus she's a total babe. Highly recommended.

05/15/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
GOVT2304 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This was one of the best classes I have ever taken! Professor Iwanek is an incredible teacher and person. She is a perfectionist though and will challenge your mind to no end. There was a lot of time put into Model UN instead of the actual class but it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot

05/07/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GOV2302 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Good professor, I enjoyed being in the class, but was not prepared for how hard it was going to be. You have 2 tests, 1 huge paper, 1 debate and report on 2 current events. Attendance is a MUST! Overall I enjoyed it, but super hard class.

04/24/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
govtgovt Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

great professor. the class was fun and informative...if you study and stay involved you will do great...slackers will struggle...Prof Iwanek has a great personality and makes the lectures engaging.

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